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SBI PO 2019 FAQS - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for SBI PO

Dear Students,

State Bank of India has released the Recruitment notification for eligible Indian Citizens for appointment as PO (Probationary Officer). The application will begin from 02/04/2019 onwards and will close on 22/04/2019.  All the eligible candidates can apply for the same. Regarding SBI PO Examination some FAQs are given here: 

1. How many vacancies are announced for SBI PO in 2019?

Total 2000 Number of vacancies are announced for SBI PO in 2019.




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2. What is the eligibility criterion for SBI PO 2019?

(A) Age Limit:

Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2019 i.e. candidates must have been born not later than 01.04.1997 and not earlier than 02.04.1988 (both days inclusive) .

(B)Essential Academic Qualifications: (AS ON 31.08.2019)

Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/ Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 31.08.2019. Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2019. Candidates possessing qualification of Chartered Accountant may also apply.

3. I am 1 Month less than 21 years old, am I eligible to apply SBI PO 2019?

Sorry, you are not eligible to apply this exam because the minimum age required is 21 years and the maximum age is 30years.

4. I am just crossed 1 month from 30 years old, am I eligible to apply SBI PO 2019?

If you belong to any reserved category only then you are eligible to apply the exam by looking the age relaxation criteria otherwise sorry you are not eligible.

5. How many attempts are there for SBI PO 2019?

Candidates who have already appeared for the maximum number of permissible chances are not eligible to apply. The number of chances will be counted from the examination held on 18.04.2010. Appearing in Preliminary Examination will not be counted as a chance. In the years in which only one written examination has been held (i.e. no Preliminary Examination has been held), appearing in this examination will be counted as a chance. The total no. of chances for for applying SBI PO are as follows:

CategoryMax. Permissible Number of Chances
General (PWD)7
SC/SC(PWD)/ ST/ ST (PWD)No Restriction

6. When will the registration start to fill the application form for SBI PO 2019 ?

Release of Application Form02.04.2019
Last Date of Registration Process22.04.2019

7. What is the Selection Process for SBI PO 2019?

The selection process for SBI PO 2019 is divided into three phases:

  • Phase I: Prelims Examination
  • Phase II: Mains Examination
  • Phase III: Interview & Group Discussion 

What is the exam pattern of SBI PO Prelims online examination 2019?

 The pattern of SBI PO Prelims online examination 2019 is changed as follows:

Phase-I : Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination (online) consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1 hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows. Each test will have a separate timing as mentioned below.

Online Test:

Sr. NoName of Tests
No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1English Language303020 Minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 Minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
Total10010060 Minutes

What is the exam pattern of SBI PO Mains online examination 2019 ?

Phase – II: Main Examination:

SBI PO Mains exam will be conducted at 2 levels, namely -

1. Objective Exam
2. Descriptive Exam

SBI PO Mains Objective Exam Pattern -

Sr. NoName of Tests
No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude4520060 minutes
2Data Analysis and Interpretation3545 minutes
3General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness4035 minutes
4English Language3540 minutes
Total1553 hours

SBI PO Mains Descriptive Exam Pattern -

Sr. NoName of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1.Letter Writing150 Marks30 Minutes
2.Essay Writing1

Note: - As per official Notification, descriptive papers of only those students would be evaluated, who qualify the objective mains exam.

Marks obtained in Objective as well as Descriptive tests will be added in the final Merit list along with marks of Group discussion & Interview.

8. What is the application Fee for SBI PO 2019?

Application Fees:

S. No.CategoryTotal
1.SC/ST/PWD/XS125/- (Intimation Charges only)
2.General and OBC750/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

9. What is the pay scale for SBI PO 2019?

Presently, the starting basic pay is  27,620/- (with 4 advance increments) in the scale of 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances & perquisites as per rules in force from time to time. The total compensation per annum on CTC basis be a minimum of 8.20 lacs and maximum of 13.08 lacs depending on place of posting and other factors.

10. Is there any age relaxation in SBI PO 2019?

Relaxation of Upper age limit:

Sr. No.CategoryAge relaxation
1.Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe5 Years
2.Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)3 Years
3.Persons With Disabilities (PWD)

PWD (SC/ST)-15 Years PWD (OBC)- 13 Years PWD (Gen)- 10 Years

4.Ex Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment.5 Years
5.Persons Ordinarily domiciled of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.19895 Years

NOTE: Cumulative Age Relaxation will not be available either under the above items or in combination with any other items.

11. How should I prepare for the SBI PO 2019 if I have a 9-10 hour job? 

Dear, You can crack SBI PO 2019 by following a youtube channel and daily quizzes of MAKEMYEXAM after your working hours.

12. Which test series is good for SBI PO Exam?

IBT Institute is providing Test series for every Banking and SSC exams on their official website.

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